Ed McKnight

Resident Economist

Hi, I’m Ed, the Resident Economist here at Opes Partners. Day to day, I help New Zealanders understand why property is such a great solution to our retirement problem. I love my job because of its variety: one morning I’ll be writing a new education seminar, and the next I’m reading reports and keeping up to date with economic changes so that the team knows where the best opportunities are.

With over five years of experience as the economist at Opes Partners, I'm well-equipped to provide valuable insights. I'm also a proud member of the Institute of Directors.

In addition to my role here, I host the Property Academy Podcast, where I share my knowledge and passion for property investment. I've had the privilege of contributing articles to NZ Property Investor, Informed Investor, OneRoof, Stuff, and Business Desk. You might have even seen me on television, as I've appeared on The Project and Breakfast.

Beyond economics, I have a background in the performing arts, which fuels my love for art galleries, musicals, and shows in my spare time. Just as I believe in the power of property investment for financial security, I also believe in the enrichment of life through diverse experiences.

Qualifications and Education:
  • Graduate Diploma in Economics 
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Studied at the University of Auckland 
  • Graduated from the University of Waikato 
Professional Experience:
  • Opes – Resident Economist: 2019 – Present
  • Member of the Institute of Directors
Notable Achievements:
  • Host the Property Academy Podcast with over 1800 episodes
  • Author of 'Wealth Plan' with Andrew Nicol
  • Resident Economist of Opes Partners

Recent publications 


RNZ - The Panel with Aimie Hines and Ed McKnight (Part 1), (Part 2)

30th May

Newstalk ZB - Who stands to miss out from the loss of the First Home Grant?

26th May

One Roof - Revealed: The cheapest streets in NZ's rich-lister suburb

17th May

One Roof - Entry-level homes in Auckland $200,000 cheaper - 'sellers want to make deals' - One Roof

4th May, 2024

One Roof - Are homes with bigger backyards more valuable

30th April, 2024

iHeart - Is the housing market dead or just resting?

21st April, 2024

NewstalkZB - How much do you need to save for retirement?

20th April, 2024

One Roof - What's the best month to score a property bargain? Data shows when prices are lower 

13th April , 2024

The Post - Auckland epicentre of mortgage crisis

6th April, 2024

One Roof - Interest rate deductibility: How much money will landlords be saving each year?

5th April, 2024

RNZ - The panel with Catherin Robertson and Ed McKnight, Part 2

4th April, 2024

MPA mag - Interest deductibility changes: Why some investors will be better off than others

23rd March, 2024

NewstalkZB - What more can the Government do to help landlords and renters?

17th March, 2024

The Post - Interest deductibility is back, but no rent cuts for tenants 

13th March, 2024

RNZ - Getting our money lending right

11th March, 2024

One Roof - How much money can you make as a property investor?

11th March, 2024

One Roof - Interest rate cuts: What the Reserve Bank said and should you believe it?

5th March, 2024

One Roof - The top five Kiwi towns where you can buy a home for less than $500,000

25th February, 2024

The Post - Higher premiums coming for disaster-prone homes: IAG

20th February, 2024

One Roof - The big rate discounts banks are offering in private

13th February, 2024

TVNZ BreakfastWhy are we seeing a surge in property listings?

5th February, 2024

StuffHere’s where house prices might lift off most

24th January, 2024

Business DeskReserve Bank at 'sixes and sevens' on debt-to-income

23rd January, 2024

One Roof -  Home loan crunch: How often does Reserve Bank stick to its guns on interest rates?

21st January, 2024

Business DeskNew lending rules ‘speed bump’ to regional recovery

18th January, 2024

The PostAverage home’s value dropped in 2023, but defied forecasts

16th January, 2024

StuffCouple selling house & lifestyle block for $250k, or will swap for camper van or truck

15th January, 2024

The Post New controls on mortgage lending set to cement NZ’s reputation as unaffordable

14th January, 2024

The PostWho will buy Ockham’s $1 million Auckland studio apartments?

13th January, 2024

StuffHere's how much of a discount house sellers are having to accept

10th January, 2024

One Roof12 housing market predictions for 2024

19th December, 2023

One RoofWhere house prices are rising fast – small towns vs big cities

12th December, 2023

One Roof Why are the banks’ 2024 house price predictions so far apart?

1st December, 2023

Stuff The Wellington house that lost $400,000

20th November, 2023

One Roof Revealed: Where council rates are hurting property investors

30th October, 2023

One Roof Buying a house? Here’s how much you should offer to pay

5th October, 2023

Stuff By negotiation: How to know what to offer for your next house

24th August, 2023

StuffWhy don't property investors like to buy new build homes?

20th August, 2023

Stuff - Reserve Bank likely to reveal first pause since OCR hiking began

12th July, 2023

Stuff Surprise increase in property auction action as buyers move off sidelines

19th June, 2023

Stuff The suburbs where house prices have been on the rise

16th June, 2023

Stuff Up to 25% in 'mortgage prison' as rates and falling prices lock them into existing provider

15th June, 2023

StuffNewsable: Homeowners in suburbs with tumbling house prices advised 'not to panic'

14th June, 2023

StuffNew debt rules are coming: Here's what that means for property buyers

25th May, 2023

StuffToo good to be true? Why these properties sold for less than $100k

7th April, 2023

StuffFalling house prices cause more optimism than concern

5th March, 2023

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